Newsletter Spring 2000

Who's Who at the CDA

Dr Brian Mouatt
Dr L K Gandhi
Dr Joyous Pickstock
Dr Thambipillay Thurairatnam
Mr Robin Wild
Dr Pashane Mtolo
Professor Jacob Kaimenyi
Dr S Prince Akpabio
Dr John Hunt
Professor Martin Hobdell
Dr D Y D Samarawickrama
Dr Victor H Eastmond
Julia Campion

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Vice-President
Vice-President
Vice-President
Adviser
Executive Secretary
Hon.Treasurer
Editor, CDA News
Co-Editor, CDA News
Immediate Past President
Administrator
   
Dr Brian Mouatt CBE (UK)
CDA President
   
Brian Mouatt started his dental career graduating from Edinburgh University in 1960. He spent five years in the Royal Air Force as a dental officer before going out to Zambia where he became Chief Dental Officer to the Zambian Government. On returning to UK he pursued his interest in continuing education and, at the same time, ran a practice in Dorset. When the opportunity arose he returned to government service with the UK Department of Health and became England’s Chief Dental Officer. He has always maintained his interest in Africa and the Commonwealth and, since retiring three years’ ago, has become CDA’s President and also co-chairman of the FDI Developing Countries’ Fund.

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Dr L K Gandhi (India)
CDA President-Elect
   
Dr Gandhi graduated from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India, in 1961. Following which he set up his practice in Mussoorie and, in 1980, moved it to New Delhi where he has been for the past twenty years. In 1972 he obtained his Certificate in Crown and Bridge Work in the USA and gained practical experience in several countries. He is a past President of the Indian Dental Association and has been the Organising Chairman and Secretary of several international conferences. Dr Gandhi was instrumental in the formulation of the National Oral Health Policy for India, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO and the Indian Dental Association. He was assigned the task of preparing the ‘Amendments to the Dentists Act, 1948’ and drew up the ‘Oral Health Policy Guidelines for Commonwealth Countries. Prior to his election as CDA President-Elect, Dr Gandhi held office as CDA Vice-President for the SE Asia Region.

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Dr Joyous Pickstock (Bahamas)
CDA Vice-President (Caribbean Region)
   
Joyous Pickstock graduated from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, USA in 1986.In 1994 she received a Master’s Degree in Dental Public Health from the University of London. Presently, a Consultant in Public Health Dentistry, Dr Pickstock has been employed with the Bahamas Ministry of Health for the past fourteen years. An advocate for organised dentistry Joyous Pickstock has been an active member of the Bahamas Dental Association since 1986. As Past-President of this organisation she has held every post during her tenure. Currently, she is the President of the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association (CARDA) and Executive Secretary (Bahamas) to the International Dental Federation (FDI). She is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. A former Associate Professor in Dental Assisting at Success Training College, Nassau, Bahamas, Joyous Pickstock enjoys a limited private practice at Faith Dental Centre where she is also a director.

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Dr Thambipillay Thurairatnam
(Malaysia)
CDA Vice-President (SE Asia Region)
   
Thambipillay Thurairatnam elected as CDA Regional Vice-President for SE Asia at the recent 3rd Triennial Meeting in New Delhi, also holds office at President of the Malaysian Dental Association, Chairman of the Preliminary Investigation Committee of the Malaysian Dental Council, and is Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation/Asia Pacific Regional Organisation.

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Dr Francis Poku (Ghana)
CDA Vice-President
(West African Region)
 
Francis Poku was re-elected as CDA Regional Vice-President for West Africa at the recent 3rd Triennial Meeting in New Delhi. He has held this office since CDA’s inauguration in 1991.

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Mr Robin Wild (UK)
CDA Vice-President (European Region)
   
Robin Wild qualified in Edinburgh in 1965. He immediately bought a practice in Scarborough and practised there for seven years before moving back to Scotland to obtain a qualification in Dental Public Health. In 1974, he became Chief Administrative Dental Officer for Borders Health Board, eventually combining this with the post of Director of Studies for Dentistry at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Board for Medicine. In 1987, he became Deputy Chief Dental Officer at the Scottish Home & Health Department, becoming Chief Dental Officer there in 1993 and then Chief Dental Officer for England in 1997.

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Dr Pashane Mtolo (Zambia)
CDA Vice-President (East, Central & Southern Africa Region)
 
Pashane Mtolo is Chief Dental Officer for Zambia, he was elected as CDA Regional Vice-President for East, Central & Southern Africa at the recent 3rd Triennial Meeting in New Delhi.

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Professor Jacob Kaimenyi (Kenya)
CDA Adviser
   
Jacob Kaimenyi, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, is on the editorial board of three international journals. He is a member of the Kenya Medical Practitioners & Dentists Board. He was CDA Vice-President for the East, Central & Southern African Region from 1991 to 2000 and has been co-opted onto the CDA Executive as an Adviser.

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Dr S Prince Akpabio OBE (UK)
CDA Executive Secretary
   
Sonny Akpabio graduated from (UCL) London University in 1956. He was awarded the Gibbs Travelling Scholarship, in 1964, to undertake a three-month epidemiological study in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana. In 1970 he gained an MDS (London) degree. In 1982 he was appointed WHO Consultant and Member of the WHO Expert Panel on Oral Health. In 1991, Sonny Akpabio, with others, formed the Commonwealth Dental Association and was elected its Founder President. In 1996 he was awarded the OBE by HM The Queen for services to medicine and dentistry internationally. In 1999, he was awarded the Roll of Distinction of the British Dental Association for outstanding services to UK Dentistry; in this year, also, he was appointed Hon Senior Research Fellow in Oral Health at the University of London.

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Dr John Hunt (UK)
CDA Treasurer
   
John Hunt qualified at Guy’s Hospital in 1965. After completing a 6-month period as Resident Dental House Surgeon at Guy’s he was awarded a Fulbright Travelling Scholarship to take up a year’s appointment as a Clinical Dental Fellow at the Eastman Dental Centre in Rochester, New York. On returning to the UK, he spent 3 years at The London Hospital before joining his father in general dental practice in Torquay where he worked in a mixed NHS/private practice for eleven years. In 1980 he travelled with his family to Hong Kong to take up a post as Clinical Dental Surgeon in the new Prince Philip Dental Hospital where he was involved in treating patients and teaching undergraduates, primarily in the Department of Conservative Dentistry. He returned to the UK in 1984 to work with the Department of Health, initially as a Dental Reference Officer in London and then in the South West. In 1989 he was appointed Senior Dental Officer in the Department of Health in London where he remained until becoming Chief Executive & Secretary of the British Dental Association in May 1993. He is currently the treasurer of the European Union Dental Liaison Committee and a member of its executive sub-committee as well as the treasurer of the Commonwealth Dental Association. In 1999 he was elected speaker of the FDI’s General Assembly.

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Professor Martin Hobdell (USA)
Editor, CDA News
   
Martin Hobdell is Professor and Chair in the Department of Dental Public Health & Dental Hygiene at the University of Texas in Houston, USA. He was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He was Head of the Department of Community & Preventive Dentistry at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Reader in Dental Health at the University of London; Professor of Stomatology, Ministry of Health, Mozambique, and a Reader in Dental Anatomy at the University of London.

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Dr D Y D Samarawickrama (UK)
Co-Editor, CDA News
   
Dr Samarawickrama, currently Head of Conservative Dentistry at the Barts & Royal London Dental School, is a specialist in restorative dentistry and is also a university external examiner to UK and overseas schools. He is a Former Director of the Dental Auxiliary School, London, and a Former President of the British Association of Teachers of Conservative Dentistry.
He is also a consultant to WHO/PAHO on dental education. Dr Samarawickrama is a member of many organisations including the British Endodontic Society, British Society for Restorative Dentistry and the International Association for Dental Research.

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Dr Victor H Eastmond (Barbados)
CDA Immediate Past President
   
Victor Eastmond graduated from the Royal Dental Hospital (University of London) in 1974 and obtained his LDRCS(Eng) in 1975. Following this he was a house officer in the Oral Surgery Department of the Royal Dental Hospital and St George’s Hospital and then accepted a senior house officer’s post at Edgware General Hospital for three months before becoming a general dental practitioner in Tooting (London) where he operated a two-surgery dental practice. In 1979 he returned to Barbados and worked as a dental officer with the Barbados Government. Victor Eastmond was President of CARDA (1989-94), President of the Barbados Dental Association (1982-83 and 1985-87), CDA Vice-President for the Caribbean Region (1991-1994), CDA President-Elect (1994-1997) and has just completed his term as CDA President.

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Julia Campion (UK)
CDA Administrator
   
Julia Campion has worked as an administrator with ABC Television, the International Labour Office in Geneva, the BBC and the Royal College of Music. She has been associated with the Commonwealth Dental Association since its inception and became the CDA Administrator in 1994. For many years she has been indirectly connected with dentistry since her husband’s father, grandfather and great grandfather were all dental surgeons.

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